Category: Australia

Argh!  Why can't companies keep their sites up-to-date?

Argh! Why can't companies keep their sites up-to-date?

You’d think at the luxury end of the industry that operators would keep their sites up-to-date, wouldn’t you?   Whilst most do, I often stumble upon examples where they don’t.   QANTAS are currently offering a ‘Seashells Escape’ on their QANTAS Holidays homepage  – a 10-night itinerary discovering the delights of Western Australia whilst staying
Where to go green - in luxury

Where to go green - in luxury

MSNBC has run an article on luxury lodges with an ecological oritentation. With the help of Forbes Traveler, they cite the follow places as their picks for 2008: Black Rock Lodge, Belize The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Montana Savute Under Canvas, Botswana Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica Baghvan, India Centro Ecológico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK), Mexico

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific, according to Tripadvisor

Maravu Plantation Resort – Taveuni Island, Fiji Thala Beach Lodge – Port Douglas, Australia Nukubati Island Resort – Labasa, Fiji Royal Davui Fiji – Viti Levu, Fiji Qamea Resort and Spa – Qamea Island, Fiji Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney – Sydney, Australia Toberua Island Resort – Toberua Island, Fiji Kewarra Beach Resort – Cairns, Australia
Emirates and the A380

Emirates and the A380

Emirates has 58 of the huge, double-decked  A380 planes  on order, and has announced that it will be flying from Dubai to a number of destinations before the end of the year. Flights from Dubai  to New York begin in October 2008 and  will be  followed by Dubai-London Heathrow flights from 1st December 2008. Routes
Top 10 beachside destinations

Top 10 beachside destinations

Vacations are always more fun when there’s a coastline in view, or at least so say Tripadvisor.   They’ve come up with a list outlining their top 10 favourite beachside destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Honolulu, Hawaii   Cancun, Mexico Surfer’s Paradise, Australia Negril, Jamaica Miami, Florida Viti Levu, Fiji Boracay, Philippines Tenerife, Canary Islands
2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

The 2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners are: Bilbao-Rioja (Architecture, Parks & Gardens) Marques de Riscal Bordeaux (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Planète Bordeaux Cape Town (Arts & Culture) Vergelegen Florence (Accommodation) Castello di Meleto Mendoza (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Familia Zuccardi Melbourne (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Victorian Alps Winery Porto (Art & Culture) The
2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Enjoy the world’s greatest racing celebration over 50 glorious Spring days in Melbourne, Australia. Whether you come for the horses or the glamour, the jockeys or the fashion, you will love the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. This year’s carnival will be bigger and better than ever before.   It is on now, and continues
It's all class - business class - with Emirates at Sofitel Brisbane's Melbourne cup party

It's all class - business class - with Emirates at Sofitel Brisbane's Melbourne cup party

The spectacle of one of the world’s great horse races returns to Sofitel Brisbane this year with the running of the 2007 Melbourne Cup next month.   On 6th November 2007, Sofitel Brisbane, in co-operation with Emirates Airline and Classic Hits 4KQ, will celebrate the great race with a party for punters, fashionistas and anyone
Briton pays  £50,000 to fly in seat 1A

Briton pays £50,000 to fly in seat 1A

A 38 year old  British man living in Sydney, Australia, who sold his internet business Direct Connection for an undisclosed sum in 2000, has paid £50,000 to fly in seat 1A in the first class area of  next week’s  inaugural flight of the Airbus A380 between Singapore and Sydney. Julian Hayward won an  online ticket
Noosa Jazz Festival

Noosa Jazz Festival

The Noosa Jazz Festival on the Sunshine Coast in East Australia will shortly run from 30th August to 2nd September 2007.   Some 90 jazz sessions across a variety of indoor (mostly in Noosa restaurants) and outdoor venues will be held, and will cover a variety of different music styles, from modern to traditional.  
Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury New York limo service from Limo Liner Western Australia’s finest: Western Tourism Awards Adventures in friendship and fine dining from Single Gourmet The place for luxury and style: Luxury Lane
Dosh all-polymer wallets

Dosh all-polymer wallets

Sydney-based Blue Sky Design Group have come out with some futuristic-looking wallets made of a semi-flexible, water-resistant polymer called Desmopan. These durable and stylish Dosh wallets  are also wear-resistant and chemical-resistant, and available in four distinct colours, including ‘charcoal’ and ‘red’.   Can be purchased online for AUD$49, excluding delivery and GST.
A chance to be on the first scheduled flights of the Airbus 380

A chance to be on the first scheduled flights of the Airbus 380

Although delays have put the Airbus 380 back a little, the first scheduled flights are guaranteed of the aircraft are guaranteed to be by Singapore Airlines, probably in October 2007, running  between Singapore  and Sydney.   And what’s more, the seats on those flights will be auctioned on eBay!   The airline, the fuel supplier
Re-opening of Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas, Australia

Re-opening of Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas, Australia

Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas  re-opens today  after a multi-million dollar redevelopment.  The tropical North Queensland resort  features new spacious hotel rooms and apartments, ideal for business or leisure travel, a lagoon-style pool perfect for enjoying the sun, a modern restaurant and bar, serving sumptuous meals for all tastes, and extensive day spa facilities.
Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Feel the difference at Vila Bicuda, Portugal Rainforest walks Aussie style  with On The Wallaby Luxury shopping like nowhere else: Shop West End Eat at Lisbon’s trendy Terreiro do Paco